Strictly Come Dancing

Louis Smith is the bookies frontrunner to claim victory on this weekend’s Strictly Come Dancing final with Denise Van Outen the top pick to leave first.

Van Outen was a favourite for several weeks but has since dropped down in the latest Oddschecker odds with Smith, Kimberley Walsh and Dani Harmer all ahead.

She is the 18/1 outsider to win while Smith has odds of 8/11. Walsh is 15/8 ahead of Harmer at 11/1. Continue reading »

Brits flocked to their TV screens last night to see who would be crowned the 2012 BBC Sports Personality of the Year.

The annual awards ceremony achieved a massive peak audience of 14.5m (57.5%) when Bradley Wiggins was named the winner in the final five minutes.

An average of 10.57m tuned in to the broadcast between 7.30pm and 10.30pm.

The figures are well over those of last year’s ceremony, which averaged only 4.2m. Continue reading »

Lisa Riley departs Strictly

Lisa Riley was eliminated from Strictly Come Dancing last night after finding herself in the bottom two alongside Denise Van Outen. She said after the result: “It’s been the best time of my entire life, I can’t thank you enough. From the costume to the make-up, everybody backstage is just beyond belief, and all the judges, I’ve had the time of my life. And one person has made that, and that’s Robin Windsor. He has just been amazing.”

Wiggins wins Sports Personality

Bradley Wiggins was awarded the title of BBC Sports Personality of the Year at last night’s ceremony. The Olympic champion and Tour de France winner claimed the title ahead of Jessica Ennis and Andy Murray, who finished second and third respectively. Continue reading »

6:50pm Sunday 16 December on BBC ONE

Tonight will be the most emotionally charged results show yet, as Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman reveal which three couples will be dancing in the Strictly Come Dancing 2012 Final.

After 11 weeks of ballroom, it will come down to the combined scores of the public vote and judges’ marks to decide which couples will make it through to the final – and this week there is an extra twist, as two couples will leave the competition this weekend.

Adding a sprinkling of Strictly magic, Katherine Jenkins will be performing in the ballroom.

6:30pm Saturday 15 December on BBC ONE

The glittering final of Strictly Come Dancing 2012 is on the horizon as Sir Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly present the live semi-finals.

This week, each couple will perform two dances as they battle to find out who will be competing in this year’s final to lift the most coveted glitterball trophy in showbiz.

It is the season to be jolly, but will judges Len, Darcey, Bruno and Craig be full of festive cheer as they score both dances for each couple?

Once each duo has performed, the phone lines will open and it will fall to the public to decide who which three couples will make it to the final, and which two will say goodbye to the ballroom.

James Arthur’s win on The X Factor last night was the lowest-rating finale in seven years.

While Sunday night’s finale may have rated better than expected, given the poor ratings for the season as a whole, but it was still down on previous seasons.

An average of 10.94m (39.1%) tuned in to the final between 7.40pm and 9.40pm, with a peak of12.4m when the result was announced.

The audience was down 15% on Little Mix’s win last season and over 30% down on Matt Cardle’s 212 victory. Continue reading »

James Arthur’s winner’s single released

X Factor winner James Arthur has released his winner’s single of Shontelle’s ‘Impossible’, which he performed on the show. The cover will be given a physical release on Wednesday alongside his covers of ‘Sexy and I Know It’, ‘Sweet Dreams’ and ‘Hometown Glory’.

Nicky Byrne leaves Strictly

Nicky Byrne has been voted off Strictly Come Dancing following last night’s quarter final. The former Westlife singer fell into the bottom two alongside Denise Van Outen and was voted out unanimously by the judges. Continue reading »

Michael Vaughan leaves Strictly

Michael Vaughan has been eliminated from Strictly Come Dancing after placing in the bottom two alongside Nicky Byrne. All four judges voted to save Byrne, with Vaughan saying afterwards: “I’ve had a ball. Nine weeks ago I had never been on a shiny floor, and I’ve got to December. September, October, November and still dancing in December. I’ve drained every ounce of dance ability out of my body because of this lady… everything about this show, the judges and everyone backstage, all the contestants have been great, I’ve got new friends that I’ve made for life.”

Union J departs X Factor

Union J has become the ninth act to depart The X Factor this season. The boyband were eliminated automatically by the public vote as there was no judges’ vote. Continue reading »

7:20pm Sunday 2 December on BBC ONE

Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman return to host Strictly Come Dancing: The Results, as they reveal who has made it through to the quarter finals.

Once the judges’ scores are combined with the viewers’ votes, the two couples with the lowest overall score will have to face each other in the dance off – and the judges will decide who will have to leave the Strictly spotlight.

To add to the drama on the dancefloor, boyband JLS will be performing as well as English Tenor Alfie Boe. If that wasn’t enough, the professional dancers perform a Great Gatsby-inspired routine.

6:50pm Saturday 1 December on BBC ONE

Sir Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly return to the Strictly ballroom as the remaining seven celebrities and their professional partners dance ever closer to the Glitterball trophy – competing for a place in the quarter finals.

There to score their every move will be Strictly’s four judges – Len Goodman, Darcey Bussell, Bruno Tonioli and Craig Revel Horwood. Which couples will flourish, and who will crumble under their gaze?

Tess will be on hand to celebrate or console the stars as the judges reveal their scores. Who will be at the bottom of the leaderboard, desperately hoping that the public will save them?

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